After helping the Mountaineers to a Big 12 series win at Kansas, freshman infielder Grant Hussey of the West Virginia University baseball team has been named the WVU Student-Athlete of the Week, presented by University Apartments.
Hussey smacked three homers in last weekend’s three-game series against KU, including two in the middle game with the Jayhawks. The Washington, West Virginia, native helped the Mountaineers tally 20 runs on 24 hits to earn a pair of wins in the final two games of the series.
For the week, Hussey finished 5-for-13 (.385) at the plate with four total extra-base hits, four RBI and four walks. He enters the week with a team-leading nine big flies on the year.
WVU returns home for a key, Big 12 series against Texas from May 6-8, at Wagener Field at Monongalia County Ballpark.
This Week in Baseball: The Mountaineers return home for a key, Big 12 Conference series against Texas from May 6-8, in Morgantown … first pitch of Friday’s series opener at Wagener Field at Monongalia County Ballpark is set for 6:30 p.m. ET, while Saturday and Sunday’s games will begin at 4 p.m., and 1 p.m., respectively.
Last Week in Baseball: West Virginia (26-16, 9-6 Big 12) went 2-2 … the week began with an 8-4 loss to Penn State on April 27, at home … from there, WVU won a series at Kansas, 2-1, from April 29-May 1, in Lawrence … the Mountaineers dropped the series opener, 7-3, before earning wins of 10-7 and 10-8 to conclude the weekend … West Virginia hit 10 home runs in the KU series, including nine in the final two games … in all, 13 of the squad’s 24 hits in the final two games against Kansas went for extra bases … the club’s five big flies in the series finale is a season high … freshman infielder Grant Hussey hit a pair of home runs in the middle game, while sophomore outfielder Braden Barry did the same in the finale … for the week, junior outfielder Victor Scott II had seven hits with two doubles, four RBI and three stolen bases, while redshirt junior catcher Dayne Leonard went 6-for-8 with a home run and two RBI … Hussey finished with three homers on the week … freshman right-handed pitcher Chris Sleeper and senior right-hander Zach Ottinger earned wins on the mound against the Jayhawks … additionally, fifth-year senior right-handers Chase Smith and Trey Braithwaite each were credited with a save.
Notes: Following last weekend’s series, WVU moved to 18-12 all-time against Kansas … the Mountaineers hit back-to-back-to-back home runs against Kansas on Sunday … sophomore catcher McGwire Holbrook, sophomore infielder Nathan Blasick and Barry combined to accomplish the feat … the loss to Penn State snapped West Virginia’s 22-game, midweek, home win streak, which dated back to the 2017 season … with 26 wins in 2022, the Mountaineers have already surpassed their 2021 season win total … WVU is 15-11 against Texas … last season, the Longhorns won three of five meetings … West Virginia is 11-4 at home this season … the Mountaineers finished 11-7 in April and have now played winning baseball in all three months of the season … West Virginia has stolen 135 bases this season, good for the most in single-season program history … individually, Scott II has 33 swipes this spring, the most by one player in a season in WVU history … the Mountaineers feature three players who all rank in the program’s top 10 in career stolen bases: senior outfielder Austin Davis (No. 3 – 60), Scott II (No. 5 – 57), redshirt junior infielder Tevin Tucker (No. 8 – 44) … Braithwaite was named to the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association’s Stopper of the Year Midseason Watch List on April 27 … he became the fourth WVU pitcher to be placed on the list since 2018 … the award recognizes the top relief pitchers in college baseball … at 9-6 in the league, WVU begins the week tied for fourth place in the Big 12.
This Week in Track and Field: West Virginia is set to close out its regular season by hosting the WVU Last Chance Meet on Saturday, May 7, at the Track and Field Complex at Mylan Park in Morgantown, West Virginia.
Last Week in Track and Field: WVU hosted the Mountaineer Twilight on Saturday, April 30, at the Track and Field Complex at Mylan Park in Morgantown … West Virginia recorded nine first-place finishes on the night, including five in field events and four on the track … the squad also added five second-place finishes and a trio of third-place finishes … senior Sada Wright’s first-place finish in the discus throw, as she threw for a distance of 44.81 meters for the win … following Wright’s performance, the Mountaineers completed a 1-2-3 sweep in the pole vault, led by sophomore Lynsie Curtis with a 3.65-meter distance … junior Katelyn Caccamo and redshirt sophomore Sarah Stair followed in second (3.50m) and third (J-3.50m), respectively … in the high jump, sophomore Abigale Mullings tallied a first-place finish with a jump of 1.71 meters, while freshman Eden Williams followed in third (1.50m) … senior Peter-Gay McKenzie earned a first-place finish of her own in the long jump, posting a distance of 5.48 meters … concluding the field events was senior Myesha Nott, with a 12.55-meter jump for first place … opening action on the track, redshirt senior Charlotte Wood led the way in the 1500-meter run with a time of 4:26.67, while senior Katherine Dowie was just behind her in second (4:31.87) … sophomore Emily Oiler then took third in the 400-meter dash (1:01.13) … in the 800-meter run, redshirt junior Hayley Jackson took first (2:05.92), followed by freshman Cassandra Williamson in second (2:06.16) and sophomore Jo-Lauren Keane in third (2:08.46) … senior Tessa Constantine earned a win in the 400-meter hurdles (59.31) … she was followed by freshman Maria Kaylor’s second-place finish in the 5,000 meters (17:01.56) … the night concluded with redshirt freshman Ceili McCabe’s victory in the 3,000-meter steeplechase, as she posted a 9:32.14 … fifth-year senior Sylvia Russell followed in second place (10:21.92).
Notes: Jackson now moves into third all-time in WVU program history, while Williamson moves into fifth … Constantine now moves up to fourth all-time in program history … the Mountaineers last hosted the WVU Last Chance on May 8, 2021, when the squad recorded eight first place finishes in eight events at the Track and Field Complex at Mylan Park … overall, WVU competed in nine events this weekend … then-redshirt freshman Stair won the pole vault competition with a height of 3.66m, while then-junior Wright won the discus throw competition with a distance of 43.36 meters … then-freshman Oiler took first in the 400-meter dash with a time of 58.00, while then-freshman Macey Crawford finished the 400-meter hurdles with a winning time 1:05.11 … then-freshman Lilly McMullen ran in the 200-meter dash with a winning time 27.08 … she was followed by then-redshirt junior Jackson who won the 800-meter run with a time of 2:09.68 … then-redshirt senior Candace Archer won the 1,500-meter run (4:27.97), while then-redshirt senior Antigone Archer won the 3,000-meter run in a time of 9:56.60.
This Week in Golf: The NCAA Selection Show is set for Wednesday at 4 p.m. ET on the Golf Channel … Mark Goetz looks to qualify for the NCAA Regionals for the second year in a row.
Last Week in Golf: For the first time in program history, two WVU golfers finished in the top 25 at the Big 12 Championship on April 25-27, at Whispering Pines Golf Club in Trinity, Texas … fifth-year seniors Mark Goetz and Logan Perkins finished tied for 25th place … Goetz shot rounds of 75-73-76=224 (+8), and Perkins posted rounds of 75-74-75=224 (+8) … Goetz and Perkins recorded WVU’s fifth-best scores all-time at the Big 12 Championship in relation to par … sophomore Jackson Davenport tied for 40th place with rounds of 74-80-76=230 (+14), junior Trent Tipton finished in 45th place by shooting 83-77-79=239 (+23) and senior Kurtis Grant placed 46th with rounds of 84-83-76=243 (+27) … West Virginia finished in 10th place with rounds of 307-304-303=913 (+50), four shots behind Kansas State.
Quotes: “I appreciate the hard work Mark and Logan have put into their careers at WVU,” coach Sean Covich said. “They joined us in our third year as a program and have helped us build year by year.”